As reported by the Spokesman Review, statewide initiative efforts went 0-84 this year with none qualifying for the ballot. This means the 2013 statewide ballot will only include two initiatives to the Legislature that lawmakers didn't act on (I-517 and I-522) and a handful of non-binding tax increase advisory votes.
Although the State Supreme Court struck down the longstanding voter-approved supermajority for taxes requirement, other provisions of the law remained in place, including the requirement for non-binding advisory votes if lawmakers increase taxes while preventing a referendum on them via an emergency clause.
Here is RCW 43.135.041 on the requirement for the non-binding advisory tax increase vote:
“(1)(a) After July 1, 2011, if legislative action raising taxes as defined by *RCW 43.135.035 is blocked from a public vote or is not referred to the people by a referendum petition found to be sufficient under RCW 29A.72.250, a measure for an advisory vote of the people is required and shall be placed on the next general election ballot under chapter 1, Laws of 2008.
(b) If legislative action raising taxes enacted after July 1, 2011, involves more than one revenue source, each tax being increased shall be subject to a separate measure for an advisory vote of the people under the requirements of chapter 1, Laws of 2008.
(2) No later than the first of August, the attorney general will send written notice to the secretary of state of any tax increase that is subject to an advisory vote of the people, under the provisions and exceptions provided by chapter 1, Laws of 2008. Within five days of receiving such written notice from the attorney general, the secretary of state will assign a serial number for a measure for an advisory vote of the people and transmit one copy of the measure bearing its serial number to the attorney general as required by RCW 29A.72.040, for any tax increase identified by the attorney general as needing an advisory vote of the people for that year's general election ballot. Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays are not counted in calculating the time limits in this subsection.
(3) For the purposes of this section, 'blocked from a public vote' includes adding an emergency clause to a bill increasing taxes, bonding or contractually obligating taxes, or otherwise preventing a referendum on a bill increasing taxes.
(4) If legislative action raising taxes is referred to the people by the legislature or is included in an initiative to the people found to be sufficient under RCW 29A.72.250, then the tax increase is exempt from an advisory vote of the people under chapter 1, Laws of 2008.”
Though state officials are still working to finalize the list of tax increases this year subject to the non-binding advisory votes, these are the likely candidates:
SB 5913 (Hospital bed tax): $1.1 billion over 10 years
HB 2075 (Death Tax): $478.4 million over 10 years
HB 1971 (Telecommunications parity): $396.9 million over 10 years
We'll know by August 1 which revenue measures the Attorney General's Office has identified as tax increases triggering the non-binding advisory vote.
As for the other measures on the 2013 ballot, we are working on a review of I-517 and I-522 for publication later this summer. Here are some of our posts to date:
Are new harassment protections needed for signature gatherers?
Heavy hitters line up against I-517
Longtime Opponent of Biotech Crops Says Movement is "Anti-Science"
Greens vs. Science: The 2012 Award for Most Thoughtless, Anti-Science Comment